Knowledge and Reasoning for MEP Coordination

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The coordination of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems is a major challenge for complex buildings and industrial plants. The process involves locating equipment and routing connecting elements for each building system. This multi-discipline effort is time-consuming and expensive and requires knowledge regarding each system over the project life cycle. Current practice requires representatives from each MEP trade to work together to identify and resolve interferences. Effective MEP coordination requires recalling and integrating knowledge regarding design, construction, operations, and maintenance of each MEP system. Currently, designers and constructors use tailored CAD systems to design and fabricate MEP systems, but no knowledge-based computer technology exists to assist in the multidiscipline MEP coordination effort. The paper describes results from a research project to capture knowledge related to design criteria, construction, operations, and maintenance of MEP systems and apply this knowledge in a computer tool that can assist designers and builders in resolving coordination problems for multiple MEP systems.


Building; Building wiring; Computer-aided design; Construction industry; Electric wiring; Electric wiring--Safety measures; Electric wiring--Safety regulations; Electric wiring; Interior; Electric wiring; Interior--Safety measures; Electric wiring; Interior--Safety regulations; Plumbing; Safety; Structural engineering


Civil and Environmental Engineering | Civil Engineering | Construction Engineering and Management | Structural Engineering


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